Some builders like to install the stone plinth first and then work vertically upwards to the eaves with the weatherboarding. Les Morgan, Peter’s main contractor on the other hand, prefers to weatherboard first and then to build the stonework up to the lead flashing. This way – he maintains – water can’t pour into the cavity between the stonework and the blockwork. Another reason is that stonework traditionally takes longer than most trades and can slow down other parts of the job. There’s a logic in there born from experience.

wall under construction with Sure Cav 50 cavity wall

This particular stone base is spaced off the blockwork by means of a 50mm cavity using a product called Sure Cav 50. It’s a space saving, moulded and recycled polypropelene panel that enables a stone outer skin to be built without the need for an additional block leaf. It’s quick and easy to install.

building a stonework wall on a timber clad timber frame house

The stone is sourced from the best available quarry at Gladestry less than 10 miles away and has been cropped to 150mm for laying with minimal waste. The finishing detail is an angled sandstone paving slab with the lead flashing dressed down to shed rainwater… it has been known to rain in these parts.

timber clad self build with stonework plinth
paving slabs for capping stones for timber frame home with stonework and timber cladding

About the author:

Rob Dawson built a stunning oak frame home in 2009 for less than £100,000. He is now the owner and founder of Castle Ring Oak Frame.

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